Passivhaus is an international low-energy and high-comfort standard, with strong quality control through design and construction. In many ways, it is a formalisation of Max Fordham's approach to building design that we’ve applied over the past 50 years.

Passivhaus is proven to deliver buildings with a smaller performance gap between design and reality than current practice. It requires buy-in from the whole design and construction team – and building services and environmental engineering are no exception. Having worked on some of the largest and tallest Passivhaus projects in the UK, Max Fordham are confident in delivering Passivhaus at any scale.

We are experts in Passivhaus and have a team of certified Passivhaus Consultants and designers who can support clients, design teams, and contractors through design and delivery.

We marry our Passivhaus experience with our MEP background and can offer optimised M&E solutions rapidly.

We are also one of a limited number of Passivhaus Certifiers and can offer this as a service tailored to the project needs, from checking PHPP modelling and compliance to sharing our experience from a range of project typologies and sizes.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Passivhaus service or have a project that you'd like us to get involved in, please contact Gwilym Still.

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    Agar Grove is one of the largest and tallest Passivhaus developments in the UK. Phases 1a and 1b have been successfully delivered and achieved Passivhaus certification.
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    Max Fordham's House a new-build three bedroom Passivhaus home on a tight infill site. It goes beyond Passivhaus and has been designed to require zero heating.
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    Cranmer Road (King's College, Cambridge) includes two graduate accommodation buildings, for 59 students, designed to achieve Passivhaus Classic certification, whilst delivering an architecturally refined finish. The client has since commissioned a second Passivhaus student accommodation building, which we are also working on.
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    We're a member of The Passivhaus Trust - the UK organisation leading the way for adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology.